list of ad agencies in washington, dc

This List Details the Top Ad & Marketing Companies in Washington, DC

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  • 1

    REQ

    A leading digital marketing and brand management company, REQ outpaces changes in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape by bringing reputation, advocacy, brand, and business results to new heights. Offering a comprehensive suite of solutions and technologies that define, connect, and protect brands, REQ serves global brands and leaders in technology, real estate, entertainment, government, hospitality, retail, and finance. The company has been named to both the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists as one of the fastest growing companies in America, as well as Inc.’s Best Workplaces. Founded in Washington, DC in 2008, REQ has offices and employees in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. 

    Notable Project

    A popular e-commerce platform hired REQ to drive awareness and engagement for a grassroots campaign meant to enact policy changes for one of its 2 major groups of users. REQ designed a digital strategy that included building and designing a website in addition to promoting the campaign across social and community channels. 

    “REQ has helped us significantly expand our growth by upwards of 1,000%.”

    Former Clients
    StubHub
    Amazon
    eBay
    Cava
    UNICEF
    Empire State Building
    The Jefferson Washington DC
    PayPal
    National Association of Broadcasters
    American Chemistry Society
    SourceAmerica
    PhRMA
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Washington , DC
    Awards

    Inc 500, The Sabre Awards, American Advertising Awards, The Communicator Awards, The Telly Awards, Great Places to Work - Washingtonian.

  • 2

    GKV

    Founded in Baltimore, Md. in 1981, GKV is an advertising agency that offers a variety of services: digital strategy, advertising, social media marketing, PR, and branding. The team of more than 200 employees mostly works with mid-market businesses across several industries – consumer products, healthcare, and telecommunications.

    Notable Project

    GKV has an ongoing project with a food production company. The partnership began with a focus on traditional media. GKV created marketing materials for print and TV. Now, GKV is helping the client build its social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

    “[W]e've never had anybody help us drive the numbers like they've helped us drive the numbers.” – Operations Coordinator, Food Production Company

    Former Clients
    Sprint
    McCormick
    Old Bay
    Center for Disease Control
    Blue Shield of California
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Baltimore , MD
    Awards

    2016 Silver and Gold Addy Awards, NY Festivals Competition: Gold Global Award - NY Festivals Competition

  • 3

    ds+f / Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.

    Founded in 1991, ds+f (Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.) is full service branding agency in Annapolis, Md. The agency's small team of 7 specializes in advertising, branding, and video production. 

    Notable Project

    A real estate firm hired ds+f for branding assistance. The client needed a new logo, web design, and printed marketing assets used during client meetings. Following the website launch, ds+f stayed on to maintain and update the website as needed. The client enjoyed working with ds+f's creative and collaborative team. 

    "They [ds+f] pack a lot of power and creativity in a world with so much choice. They always seem to have solutions to our problems." – Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Firm 

    Former Clients
    National Retail Federation
    NPR
    Cushman & Wakefield
    WIDIA
    Fisher House
    US Bobsled/Skeleton Team
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Annapolis , MD
    Awards

    Hermes Creative Awards: Bronze (2012, 2013)

  • 4

    Brand+Aid

    Located in Washington, DC, Brand+Aid is a branding agency that specializes in advertising, branding, print design, and content marketing. Since 1999, the team of about 10 has been working with different clients in various industries including education, non-profits, and government services. 

    Notable Project

    A global PR firm went to Brand+Aid for its branding needs. Along with a complete branding campaign with design concepts, Brand+Aid helped the firm with brainstorming and write-ups. As a result of their work, the PR firm is receiving new business. The client prides Brand+Aid on their work ethic. 

    "Understanding perfectly well the needs of our audience, they [Brand+Aid] design with the audience in mind." – Production Director, Global PR Firm

    Former Clients
    American University
    Gannett
    HCA Healthcare
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Washington , DC
    Awards

    Awwwards Nominee

  • 5

    Williams Whittle

    Williams Whittle is an advertising agency that practices a wide variety of services including media planning & buying, branding, and marketing strategy. They are based in Alexandria, Virginia and currently have fewer than 20 employees. The company was founded in 1967.

    Notable Project

    Williams Whittle helped a nonprofit rebrand its online presence. After conducting research, they designed a new logo, enhanced website aesthetics, and produced a video. The vendor's contributions created a solid foundation for the brand relaunch. 

    "Williams Whittle not only helped create attractive campaign materials but also provided additional design work outside of the scope of work." – Executive Director, Nonprofit

    Former Clients
    American Institute for Cancer Research
    National Park Trust
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Alexandria , VA
    Awards

    MarCom Award (2019)

  • 6

    Foster Web Marketing

    Foster Web Marketing is a web marketing company located in Fairfax, Va. Founded in 1998, Foster Web Marketing has around 40 employees who specialize in web design, SEO, and CRM consulting and SI, particularly for legal firms.The client appreciated Foster Web Marketing's ability to enrich their team's knowledge of best practices in web marketing through webinars and collaboration.

    Notable Project

    Foster Web Marketing worked with a law firm to revitalize its website. Foster Web Marketing provided web design and development, including improved mobile responsiveness. Once the website was complete, Foster Web Marketing stayed on to provide 20 hours of support every month.  

    "We’ve had great success with the site; it’s increased over 19% in organic traffic since October 2016." – Director of Marketing, Legal Firm 

    Former Clients
    Molly B. Kenny
    Keller & Keller
    Cardoza Law Corporation
    Cuddigan Law
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Fairfax , VA
  • 7

    Cohere

    Cohere is a creative agency in Philadelphia that strives to improve cities through design services. Founded in 2006, the team includes 20-25 professionals. It offers branding, web design and development, and advertising services to clients in the real estate, hospitality, and economic development industries.

    Notable Project

    Cohere developed a sleek, mobile responsive WordPress site from scratch for a realtor. Clients love the easily navigable UX and find the platform simple to use. Sophisticated designs showcase properties appealingly, while cleanly copyedited branded content appeals to the target clientele.

    “Cohere thinks about our websites not just as a piece of technology, but as the face of our company. They do a great job of combining business and creative features to really engage our users.” –Asset Manager, Real Estate Agency

    Former Clients
    Marquis & Co.
    University City Science Center
    NextFab
    City of Philadelphia
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Baltimore , MD
  • 8

    Sensis

    Sensis is a full-service marketing agency with offices across the US in Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, Austin, TX, and Atlanta, GA. Founded in 1998, Sensis’ team of 80 offers advertising, mobile and web marketing, branding, public relations, and market research.

    Notable Project

    One of Sensis’ clients is an energy company that wanted to connect with its community with a bilingual PR campaign. Sensis organized community events, worked with local media, and designed and produced all the advertising material.

    “In many ways, I feel that we're their only client. I know that's kind of a cliché – the way that they have been able to sometimes just drop everything else, get what we needed done, and bring in any additional partners, if necessary. They've really done an outstanding job.” – Communications Manager, Energy Company

    Former Clients
    City of Los Angeles
    Boston College
    US Department of Commerce
    Metrolink
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $250,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Los Angeles , CA
    Awards

    2017 Gold Award: Healthcare Marketing Impact

  • 9

    Exit10

    Exit10 is a full-service advertising agency of 20-30 staff with a proud foundation in Baltimore, Md. The team has been serving clients in their community and beyond since 2006. Its services include interactive web design, branding strategy, ad buying, video and social media, production, and guerilla marketing.CSX, Toyota Racing Development, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, World T.E.A.M. Sports 

    Notable Project

    Exit10 worked diligently on web development, events, and advertising to foster a strong community presence for a local nonprofit. Innovative campaigns saw marked success and increased the annual budget from $25,000 to over $200,000. The responsive, attentive team refined the branding and messaging strategy for distinct mediums using uniquely tailored design assets.

    “Exit 10 is a valuable asset and a great partner. They have been highly motivated and excited to collaborate with us, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable.” – Executive Director, Nonprofit

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Baltimore , MD
  • 10

    Kapowza

    Kapowza is a Baltimore-based creative agency that was founded in 2015. Kapowza's team of 5 offers advertising, branding, video production, SEO, and public relations services to small and midmarket clients in the advertising and marketing industry.

    Notable Project

    A teacher certification organization hired Kapowza for a small rebranding. Kapowza helps the client with its digital ads, videos, logo, and other website work.

    "Kapowza has maintained a consistency across our videos but also increased the value with each one in telling our story. Everyone from the CEO and COO downwards has given them high marks." - Assistant Director of Digital Marketing, Teacher Certification Organization

    Former Clients
    Whitebox
    FilterBuy
    Legends of Learning
    Point3
    The Craig Northrop Team
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Baltimore , MD
  • 11

    ONeil Interactive

    ONeil Interactive is a Hunt Valley, Md.-based digital marketing agency that was founded in 2008. The agency's 15-person team provides web design, custom software development, SEO, social media marketing, and marketing strategy services to clients in the real estate industry.

    Notable Project

    A home building company in Georgia hired ONeil Interactive for a website overhaul to attract more leads and convert more sales. Customers comment on the new site's ease-of-use and performance, and ONeal provides ongoing maintenance for the site as needed. 

    "They do a first-class job on design, and they’ve been very communicative during the process. Whenever I have questions, they make it a priority to research my inquiries and respond. Overall, they’re a great company, and I’ve enjoyed working with them." - Owner, Custom Home Builder

    Former Clients
    Brown Haven Homes
    Crescent Homes
    Insight Homes
    Woodland Valley
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Hunt Valley , MD
    Awards

    : Maryland Building Industry Association: Maryland Award of Excellence Winner

  • 12

    Strategies 360

    Strategies 360 is a public relations and strategic positioning firm headquartered in Seattle, Wash. The firm has 12 satellite offices scattered along the West Coast, as well as one in Washington, D.C. Strategies 360 was founded in 2004 and has around 100 employees. In addition to PR, Strategies 360 offers many other services, including web design, UX/UI design, search engine optimization, and more. The majority of its clients are in government and business services.

    Notable Project

    A software development firm hired Strategies 360 to provide high-quality development resources. Strategies 360 worked quickly to supply backend development, touchscreen capabilities, WordPress support, and other web development help. 

    “They’re excellent, well-organized, and very responsive to changes and incoming requests. They hit all their deadlines and we have no complaints about the work they produced. ” - CEO, Software Development Firm

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Seattle , WA
  • 13

    Fifth Tribe

    Fifth Tribe is a digital agency based in Arlington, Va. Since 2012, their team of just over 10 has specialized in web development, advertising, branding, and much more for mainly mid-sized businesses.

    Notable Project

    Fifth Tribe provided web development services for a nonprofit. The team designed a website that encourages people to apply for relief efforts through a user-friendly and accessible interface. The client was very pleased with the outcomes of the engagement.

    "They were fantastic at communicating about the project. They let us know how excited they were at every step and adapted their work to fit our needs. They were great in meeting our budget and understanding our financial limit." — Program Analyst, Non-Profit

    Former Clients
    Kaiser Permanente
    Peace Corps
    INOVA
    US Air Force
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Arlington , VA
  • 14

    Council Fire

    Council Fire is a management consultancy headquartered in Washington, DC and founded in 2009. Their small team of fewer than ten employees specializes in business consulting, digital strategy, and branding. They primarily work with small businesses and mid-market clientele in the financial services, transportation, and energy industries.

    Notable Project

    Council Fire worked with a nonprofit dedicated to improving practices in fisheries. The client planned on analyzing several fisheries in the Mid-Atlantic and they hired Council Fire to guide them through the project. The client was very pleased with Council Fire's communication as they worked to implement their suggestions.

    "Everyone involved in this effort has enjoyed the process. Council Fire’s communication skills assure we’re always moving forward. They’re actively engaged with us even when there isn’t much work to do." - Manager, Fishery Nonprofit 

    Former Clients
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    World Bank
    Maryland Environmental Service
    NRG
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Annapolis , MD
  • 15

    Shrewd Marketing, LLC

    Shrewd Marketing is a digital marketing consultancy and web development shop located in Rochester, N.Y. It was founded in 2015 and now has a team of 4 that provides a range of services including advertising, SEO, PR, web design and development, and more 

    Notable Project

    A telecommunications company that manages an online directory needed to refresh the website. Shrewd Marketing rebuilt the site with a focus on improving functionality and search results. Shrewd Marketing now provides site maintenance and monitors sales performance.

    "We have increased our advertisers’ visibility exponentially on the new platform as a result of the ad-serving technology that is built into Shrewd’s technology. The platform presents more relevant ads within the internal search results of the directory, increasing the value we offer our business customers." — SVP of Enterprise Sales, Telecom Company

    Former Clients
    Make it Local Marketing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Rochester , NY
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